Review | It Only Happens in the Movies: The Queen of Contemporary Slays Again

It Only Happens in the Movies is the new book by Holly Bourne, which is one of my favourite contemporary authors and this book did not disappoint at all!

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Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like the movies…

The greatest love story ever told doesn’t feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy clichés. Oh, and zombies… YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.

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There are a few things you can expect from a Holly Bourne book: feminism, realistic and amazing characters, great friendships and a bit of romance. And this book had it all, and on top of that movies, so many movies! Throughout the book many romantic tropes are mentioned and discussed, and if you watch romantic movies sometimes, I am sure you will see them with different eyes next time you watch one.

“The only love affair I needed to invest in right now was one with myself. Spend some time with me. Figuring out myself and why I picked the relationships I did. I was holding out my heart to me. Because I’d realised I was the only person who could give me a happily-ever-after.”

Audrey, the main character, doesn’t want romance anymore and thinks romantic movies are unrealistic and dangerous. I loved reading about a character that for once doesn’t want romance, because that’s quite difficult to find in YA contemporaries. I thought Audrey was so realistic. She is intelligent, values feminism and how women are portrayed in movies, and she doesn’t let her opinions be silenced. She also isn’t perfect: she’s mean at times, she does some questionable things, but all of that just adds to my love for Holly Bourne’s writing: her characters are almost real. And I wish dearly I could be friends with them.

This book is so important! Not just because of the messages in feminism, but also because it doesn’t stay clear of things that are usually omitted in YA fiction: about getting your period, about love, about losing your virginity, about sex, etc. Beside this, all the characters are amazing and realistic, there are plenty of funny moments, and it doesn’t omit the uglier parts of life. And love. Despite Audrey not wanting love, there is a romantic storyline. And it is amazingly written: not too cheesy, not too cliché. Holly Bourne takes a trope and turns it into something entirely new.

“I AM like other girls, Harry. Don’t misinterpret my hatred of romance as some kooky, laid-back, manic pixie NONSENSE. I am DAMAGED. I am not CUTE. I am emotionally-fucking-traumatised right now, okay? I am screaming on the inside. I am too angry and messed up to contain all the stuff girls spend every day containing. That’s why I seem different. That is NOT sexy.”

I am giving this book five stars because once again Holly Bourne has shown what an amazing author she is. I like YA contemporary and I read quite a bit of it, but Holly Bourne is by far my favourite YA contemporary author. This book is realistic, important, fun, feminist and above all relatable. 

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My Most Anticipated Books of 2018

I realize this is not exactly the most original topic to write about, I’ve seen about a hundred post like this one but you guys told me on twitter to write it so here I am! My list of most anticipated releases consists mainly of V.E. Schwab books (which sadly do not all come out this year :P) but I have plenty of others too! Most of these are from authors I’ve read before, that is because I tend to wait a little until there are more reviews so I can make up my mind about others. Anyway, let’s get into it!

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December Wrap-Up

Remember how I said I wasn’t going to read that much anymore? Well, let’s forget that for a bit because I’ve been reading so much this month! Mainly because of Riveted, which allowed people to read 25 books for one day each. That was really fun (and a little stressful). I’ve also read some other books and overall had a pretty great month! Christmas was fun (and I got a few books), and I got some eARCs, and blogging has been great too! I hope you had wonderful days too!

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Looking back at 2017 | This Time Next Year Tag

This time last year, I made a list of goals and I just remembered I did that so now we’re going to look back at these goals and see if I actually accomplished them! I did the This Time Next Year Tag and I’ll look back at that! I will also make new goals for 2018.

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Review | The Sacrifice Box: I was not prepared for this

The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart is a YA horror book (whelp) with its fair share of gruesome murderous ehm… things? animals? corpses? and gore, but also with a fun cast of teens!

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30048202Sep, Arkle, Mack, Lamb and Hadley: five friends thrown together one hot, sultry summer. When they discover an ancient stone box hidden in the forest, they decide to each make a sacrifice: something special to them, committed to the box forever. And they make a pact: they will never return to the box at night; they’ll never visit it alone; and they’ll never take back their offerings.

Four years later, the gang has drifted apart. Then a series of strange and terrifying events take place, and Sep and his friends understand that one of them has broken the pact.

As their sacrifices haunt them with increased violence and hunger, they realize that they are not the first children to have found the box in their town’s history. And ultimately, the box may want the greatest sacrifice of all: one of them.

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10 Books that Surprised me in 2017 | The Best of 2017

Since the year is almost over, it’s time to recap all the books I’ve read in 2017. I’ve read so many amazing books this year it’s hard to create a top 10, but I’m going to try anyway. These books are not only books that surprised me (in a good way) but also books I loved so much I’d reread them right this second if I had all the time in the world (which I don’t).

All of these I’ve rated at least 4 stars and I have loved them to pieces! These books will count down to my favourite book of this year (why am I doing this to myself???). So before I start rambling too much about how much I love these books, let’s go on to the list!

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A Guide To ARCs | #2 The Master Who-To-Contact List for Internationals ARC Requests

As the title suggests, I’ve created a list of all publishers that do send out ARCs to international reviewers! Of course, the publishers on this list also send out ARCs nationally so I won’t exclude those wonderful people, but mainly this list is for internationals. Since getting ARCs is often harder for internationals (see this post), and we don’t always know what our options are, I thought it would be a good idea to make a list of contact details for all publishers that send out ARCs to internationals (so that is everyone that does not live in the US. I have not specifically looked for publishers that send out in the UK, but I assume all national UK publishers do that.)

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